Dame Joan Metge is a social scientist, anthropologist and author. Almost 30 years ago she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to anthropology, she earned her PhD at the London School of Economics in 1958.
Dame Joan has spent several decades endeavouring to improve communication and cultural understanding between Māori and Pākehā. At 85, she has a new book Tauira - Māori methods of learning and teaching.
It is based on interviews over the years talking with 25 Māori about what is was like growing up in rural communities in the mid-20th century and what nurtured their learning experiences as children.
Dame Joan talks to Kathryn Ryan about the way Māori teaching and learning can have rich lessons for everyone.